The Open University and Carnegie Mellon are working on a proposal to develop infrastructure, community and activity to help share research findings on the design and use of OERs. The draft proposal is available on an open wiki at http://iet-public-wiki.open.ac.uk/index.php/OPLRN_proposal with a discussion area available at http://iet-public-wiki.open.ac.uk/index.php/Talk:OPLRN_proposal
The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC Awards) is April 14, 2008. The MATC Awards consist of up to ten $50,000 or $100,000 prizes, which a receiving institution can use in a variety of ways to continue its technology leadership. The awards honor not-for-profit institutions that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the development of open source software for one or more of the constituencies served by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: the arts and humanities in higher education; research libraries, museums; performing arts organizations; and conservation biology.
ÂAwardees are selected by a distinguished committee of technology leaders, including Mitchell Baker, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, John Seely Brown, Vint Cerf, John Gage, and Tim OâReilly. Previous winners include higher education institutions, libraries, and museums Â from North America, Europe, and Asia.
ÂAn online nomination form and more information may be found at http://matc.mellon.org.Â The nominations are public: the community is invited to visit the site and comment.
On March 17, 2008 Trustees of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approved $10,075,000 in Open Educational Resources grants to the following organizations:
Creative Commons (
Foothill-De Anza Community College District(
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) (
Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (
Long Now Foundation (
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) (
Rice University (
Silicon Valley Educational Fund (San Jose, CA) for a planning grant to explore the use of OER in the San Jose School District ($180,000 over one year)
Full proposals will be availble on the Hewlett Fuondation website in a few weeks.
Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources ReportÃÂ - pdf version.
ÃÂ A comprehensive review and facing forward look of the OER field from:
- Dan Atkins, Director of Cyberinfrastructure at NSF;
- John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox, Director ofÃÂ PARC, and
- Allen Hammond, World Resources Institute.
Just released, A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievement, Challenges and New Opportunities. Please distribute, read, digest and discuss here at OERderves. This report examines The William and Flora Hewlett FoundationÃ¢â¬â¢s past investments in Open Educational Resources, the emerging impact and explores future opportunities.
Central to the report is the idea of Ã¢â¬ÅTheÃÂ Brewing Perfect StormÃ¢â¬ÂÃÂ and the creation of an Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure.
We welcome your thoughts, creativity and expertise!
The Open eLearning Content Observatory Services (OLCOS) has just released its final version of its report on Open Educational Practices and Resouces - Roadmap 2012. The report was funded by the European Commission under the eLearning Programme and involved six project partners. The OLCOS engages in activities that foster the creation, sharing and re-use of OER in Europe and across the globe.
ÃÂ The report includes a thorough examination of OER challenges in the years ahead to encourage further uptake. A clear distinction is made regarding the the production of OER vis-a-vis the their application in educational practices. The report argues for a intentional focus on innovativeÃÂ OER practicesÃÂ in the teaching and learning process if we are to transform teaching and learning. While the transformative nature of OER is what the movement is all about – we now need to move proactively to this stage. This report is a must read for anyone in the OER community.
Today we met with some folks from Intel and talked about school reform in Vietnam.Â Intel is building a plant just outside of Saigon and is very involved with Viet Nam’s Ministry of Education. They are interested in exploring the possibilities of open education resources.